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CAAS, MITRE collaborate to set up air traffic management R&D centre

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the MITRE Corporation (MITRE) have signed a Statement of Intent to set up a centre for air traffic management (ATM) research and development.

SINGAPORE: The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the MITRE Corporation (MITRE) have signed a Statement of Intent to set up a centre for air traffic management (ATM) research and development.

Called the MITRE Asia Pacific in Singapore (MAPS), it is expected to perform S$127 million worth of ATM research and analysis over the next 10 years.

With air traffic in the Asia Pacific estimated to triple by 2030, the two organisations hope that MAPS will help develop ATM capabilities and solutions, including improving airspace capacity and operational safety.

MAPS will be MITRE's first aviation research and development centre outside of the United States and is expected to be ready for core operations in the second half of 2014.

MITRE, a not-for-profit organisation, is a recognised leader in advanced ATM capabilities, with more than 50 years of experience in advanced research and development for the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and civil aviation authorities around the world.

Ms Lillian Ryals, senior vice-president of MITRE, said: "By signing this Statement of Intent, we are reaffirming our commitment to partner with CAAS in supporting its Centre of Excellence for Air Traffic Management initiative and to serve as a resource to support the tremendous growth in the Asia Pacific region.

"For more than 50 years, MITRE's work has helped to modernise and harmonise global aviation systems. We look forward to working with Singapore and the entire region."

Mr Yap Ong Heng, director-general of CAAS, said: "We are very pleased to take this step forward with such an esteemed partner as MITRE. This marks a significant milestone in realising our vision to develop Singapore as a Centre of Excellence for ATM.

"We are confident that MAPS will contribute to developing ATM solutions for Singapore and the Asia Pacific region, as well as advancing ATM capabilities that will bring exponential value to the wider global aviation community." 

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